<![CDATA[Azarius News]]> http://azarius.es/news/ The Very Advanced, Utterly Cool, Super Duper Azarius RSS Generator v2.34.445 info@azarius.net (azarius.net) <![CDATA[Firefly: cutting edge vaporizer]]> http://azarius.es/news/638/Firefly__cutting_edge_vaporizer/

A vaporizer the likes of which you’ve never seen before. When heating up a warm orange glow lights up from the chamber - like a firefly. Its 14 cm aluminium body will feel pleasantly warm in your hand while you enjoy the rich, pure flavour and consistent quality of the vapour.

The newest gizmo, right out of top-technology hub Silicon Valley, has been described as ‘portable perfection’. And that’s no joke. This elegant, vintage style device will let you enjoy first puff in no more than 10 seconds. That’s as quick as lighting up a joint.

Firefly

Developers Sasha Robinson and Mark Williams dropped their highly successful careers and spent two years in Robinson’s basement to provide the world this top-notch vaporiser.

Robinson, a former software developer in Silicon Valley and Williams, former manager of the Apple Mac OS design team, met up at a Burning Man party. Recognising the need for innovation they teamed up. Not to produce ‘just another vaporizer’: they pulled out all the stops to design nothing but the best.

Firefly

The material of the heating coil is a business secret, but its combination with an ion battery makes instant heating possible, up to 200°C! In contrast to many other vaporizers it heats by convection, producing very clear vapour. The battery can be charged in 45 minutes and is good for about 50 draws per charge.

The Firefly is officially designed for tobacco, but could be filled with all kinds of herbs and loose leaf plant material.

We Azarians proudly present our newest acquisition, now available for pre-order. The Firefly is available in dark grey, red and silver. Pre-order now!

Top quality is guaranteed with a 5-year warranty.

Sources

Wired

Gizmodo

Business insider

Supercompressor

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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100http://azarius.es/news/638/Firefly__cutting_edge_vaporizer/
<![CDATA[Autumn blues? Three herbs to brighten up your day!]]> http://azarius.es/news/637/Autumn_blues__Three_herbs_to_brighten_up_your_day/ As days are getting shorter, darker and colder, and rain is beating against the windows, it may be difficult to keep up your good spirits. Have you found yourself feeling a bit tired or drowsy lately? Nature’s here to help! We selected three of our magical herbs that will help combat any signs of autumn depression.

Galangal (Alpinia officinarum)

Sneezing and coughing all the time? You may know a classic ginger-lemon tea (with lots of honey!) can alleviate your problems. Galangal, which is family of the ginger plant, can be used as a very nice addition or alternative.

The roots, indigenous to China and Java, work equally well on the throat and have an uplifting effect. Galangal benefits the blood circulation and central nervous system and as such improves mental focus and memory. As it increases vitality it’s sometimes used as a sexual stimulant. In higher doses (or when chewing on it for a while) galangal has a mild psychoactive effect. Because of its nice flavour, galangal is used a lot in Asian cooking.

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Gloomy thoughts? St. John’s Wort is one of the oldest herbal remedies known to treat depression. It's been used to treat mental disorders, nerve pain, anxiety and sleeping problems. A tea made of 1 - 2 teaspoons of the herb can be drunk 3 times a day. You will notice an immediate effect on your mood: even behind the heaviest rain clouds the sun will start shining again!

If you suffer from severe depression, consult a doctor before you start self-medicating. Always consult a doctor when you want to combine St. John’s Wort with other medicines. This herb should never be combined with antidepressants or with certain birth control pills. Read more on St. John’s Wort.

Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)

Immersed yourself in work now that the outdoor life seems less appealing? Don’t let stress take you over! Mix some passion flower with yoghurt, juice or water or make a tea for an overall calming effect. Passion flower will exchange stress for a nice mellow state of mind. The herb also works very well against sleeping problems. In larger quantities it has a mild hallucinogenic effect.

Passion flower is often mixed with other herbs like valerian, chamomile, damiana, skullcap and hops. Beware that passion flower is a mild MAO-inhibitor and shouldn’t be combined with antidepressants, other SSRI’s like kanna or amphetamine-type substances. Also don’t use when pregnant.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100http://azarius.es/news/637/Autumn_blues__Three_herbs_to_brighten_up_your_day/
<![CDATA[Feed your head: two inspiring trippers that podcast]]> http://azarius.es/news/636/Feed_your_head__two_inspiring_trippers_that_podcast/ Your trip does not appear out of thin air. It might be a mind-blowing experience, but it’s ignited by your own mind. Your expectations shape your trip. And you can shape expectations. Feed your head, they say. Here’s two inspiring podcasts to munch on.

Joe Rogan

You might know him. From television, as the host of Fear Factor. From martial arts, as a UFC commentator. Most likely, you've seen him in documentaries for our kind of people – DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Marijuana: A Chronic History and The Culture High, recently released on Vimeo on demand.

In the US, Joe Rogan is a contemporary icon of conscious drug use. A chronic toker and a busy bee (in addition to all of the above, Joe is also a stand-up comedian). A proponent of a healthy lifestyle that consists of a good diet, plenty of exercise and deep tripping.

On his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, all aspects of his personality get plenty of room to shine. The atmosphere and the subjects of an episode depend largely on who he's talking to. But whoever is across his table, Joe Rogan proves himself an inspiring 'motherfucker' on a regular basis.



Duncan Trussell

He’s a regular guest on Joe Rogan’s podcast. And Joe is a regular guest on his. Fellow comedian Duncan Trussell brings a lot of philosophical and spiritual baggage. He meditates, goes to Buddhist retreats, quotes Dostojevski and chants Hare Krishna.

His own podcast is called The Duncan Trussell Family Hour. With each episode, Duncan takes you along on his crazy journey to find truth. Where his buddy Joe seems to have his life in perfect order, Duncan will also share his fuck-ups and dark moments.

Lately he's had a couple of spiritual icons on his podcast, such as Jack Kornfield, a former Buddhist monk, clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, writer and meditation teacher. If you are looking to go deep… get your spade and dig in.


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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100http://azarius.es/news/636/Feed_your_head__two_inspiring_trippers_that_podcast/
<![CDATA[Alaska, Oregon and Washington DC vote for cannabis legalisation]]> http://azarius.es/news/635/Alaska_Oregon_and_Washington_DC_vote_for_cannabis_legalisation/ A big step forward for the cannabis legalisation movement: in Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. voters recently expressed their support for recreational use of cannabis!

In both Oregon (54%) and Alaska (52%) a majority of the votes was cast in favour of legalisation. In Oregon adults over the age of 21 are allowed to possess 1 ounce (about 28 gram) in public and 8 ounces at home from 1 July 2015. Furthermore, residents are allowed to have a maximum of 4 plants per household.

In Alaska it becomes legal to possess and transport 1 ounce of marijuana and to grow and transport a maximum of 6 plants at one time. Both states strive to set up a legal framework to regulate sales during the coming year. From January 2016 on it should be possible to buy recreational cannabis in special stores in both states.

The story is different for Washington D.C.: 69% of the voters expressed their support for legalisation, a large majority you would say. Though as D.C. is not a state but a district (and the nation’s capital) the Congress has major influence and is still able to overrule the results. It’s unclear how the majority of Republicans will respond. Furthermore, in contrast to Oregon and Alaska, the regulated sale of marijuana was not debated: in Washington D.C. the referendum was only about personal possession and cultivation of marijuana.

Only in Florida the legalisation movement experienced a backlash. Though 58% of the people voted for legalisation, in this state actually 60% was needed to change the law.

Colorado and Washington (state) already regulated recreational marijuana before, which makes 4 states in total where you can legally buy, smoke and possess weed for both recreational and medical use. In another 19 states only medical use of marijuana is allowed.

In these states, like for example California, you have to get a doctor’s prescription in order to get a medical cannabis ID-card with which you can buy marijuana at a local dispensary. The dispensaries do not only sell ordinary flowers, but also concentrates and edibles in all varieties. A THC-level of 17% is considered ‘midrange’ and especially the concentrates may contain much higher levels.

The strange thing about the USA is that marijuana is still completely illegal by federal law. Similar to the Dutch situation where cannabis also is officially illegal, the federal authorities tolerate its (medical) use on state level.

So far Uruguay is the only country world-wide where marijuana is fully legalised. But maybe the developments in the United States will cause a chain-reaction. Take for example Jamaica, the birthplace of Rastafari, where weed up till this day is illegal. Earlier initiatives to legalise have failed because the United States threatened with economic sanctions. This threat no longer holds in the new situation and Jamaica is currently developing a law that decriminalises medical and religious use of marijuana. It’s expected it will pass at the end of 2014.

-Map of legal marijuana in the USA

-Medical marijuana rules per state

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100http://azarius.es/news/635/Alaska_Oregon_and_Washington_DC_vote_for_cannabis_legalisation/
<![CDATA[My coming out of the trippy closet (slowly)]]> http://azarius.es/news/634/My_coming_out_of_the_trippy_closet_slowly/ Here at Azarius I’m preaching to the choir. If you're reading this, you’re at least a little crazy but also curious, open-minded and adventurous. In my daily life I meet lots of people who aren’t as free-spirited. And yet I every now and then I run my mouth about my use of drugs.

I like to share impressive experiences, so sometimes I talk about my best trips in great lengths. Like one would talk about a good book, nothing more and nothing less. I choose my audience and keep it among friends. Not all of them understand my fascination. No problem, as I don't understand all of theirs. But they know me, listen to my story and don’t worry about it more than they need to.

There are times when I take risks. I’ll probably get a negative reaction and yet I still talk about tripping. Because I honestly don't think that there's anything wrong with it. And I believe that this society can use some psychedelic ideas. Nothing will change if all the psychonauts keep their mouth shut.

The trouble starts with the word "drugs". An umbrella term that covers a lot of substances; legal and illegal. The bottle of beer from my conversation partner, for example. But most seem to think of scenes from Trainspotting, even though the drugs I use have nothing to do with that movie.

So I try to explain that psychedelics don't quite work that way, that they’re not physically addictive, that you’re done tripping for a while after a good trip. And I’ll see the concern in the face of my conversation partner, who seems to wonder if I’m in denial.

It's tempting at times to make the comparison with alcohol. Objectively, a lot more dangerous. I shouldn't go there. Alcohol is legal, virtually every adult drinks sometimes. When I take the discussion there, it feels like an attack and the defensive walls go up.

I have the facts on my side. But there’s little room for quoting scientific articles in casual conversations. I mention that it's not nearly as dangerous as one might think, as long as you do it with prudence. That it has a lot of wonderful benefits. And that there are a lot of beautiful cultures in which psychedelics play a central role.

I'll leave it at that. At the next party, they'll see that I'm still highly functional. Another small step toward acceptance of psychedelics.

So, how do you guys talk about what you use?

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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100http://azarius.es/news/634/My_coming_out_of_the_trippy_closet_slowly/
<![CDATA[CBD: just as vital as THC in cannabis?]]> http://azarius.es/news/633/CBD__just_as_vital_as_THC_in_cannabis/ If people in your social circle regularly smoke joints, you may have noticed that some prefer to smoke hash instead of marijuana. These people will tell you “marijuana makes me paranoid, but hash doesn’t have this effect. So I only smoke hash joints now.” It’s strange that there’s such a big difference between hash and marijuana when you think about it, because both come from one at the same plant. How can the perceived effects be so different?

The difference in effects can be attributed to the fact that hash often comes from foreign countries (Morocco, Afghanistan) and cannabis in coffeeshops is of Dutch origin. But, the Dutch have gone a bit too far with their cultivation of the cannabis plant. When they discovered some time ago that the THC level is what makes you feel stoned, it became a challenge to select and grow primarily for higher THC content plants.

However, most people don’t know that cannabis contains at least 60 cannabinoids, which includes THC. All of these cannabinoids have a different effect. But Dutch cannabis (Nederwiet) has been so extensively cultivated for THC that other cannabinoids are barely present, if at all. For example, Dutch marijuana contains very little CBD, which stands for cannabidiol. It’s really unfortunate we’re missing this cannabinoid.

Research shows that the structure of CBD is very similar to anti-psychotics [1][2][3][4]. This is rather remarkable as THC seems to have an opposite effect. For some people it seems to trigger a psychosis. CBD doesn’t prevent you from feeling stoned, but combined with THC it changes how you become stoned. You’re more clear-headed, less drowsy and less likely to spiral into anxiety, so you can still function like a normal person instead of becoming completely couch-locked from a single joint.

The Dutch Trimbos institute confirms that a lack of CBD and high THC content in Nederwiet means that a psychosis is more likely to be triggered. So if you too feel a bit paranoid from marijuana, but not from smoking hash, now you know why. Foreign hash simply contains a lot more CBD and a better balance means you’re not completely hammered. If you’d like to read more, check out the latest chapter in the Azarius encyclopaedia: CBD and CBD oil.

If you enjoy unwinding at the end of the day with an extra strong Nederwiet, don’t feel bad. Some people are so strong of mind, they can withstand a healthy dose of paranoia :)

Sources


1. Scuderi C, Filippis DD, Iuvone T, Blasio A, Steardo A, Esposito G (May 2009). Cannabidiol in medicine: a review of its therapeutic potential in CNS disorders. Phytother Res (Review) 23 (5): 597–602.

2. Campos AC, Moreira FA, Gomes FV, Del Bel EA, Guimarães FS (December 2012). Multiple mechanisms involved in the large-spectrum therapeutic potential of cannabidiol in psychiatric disorders. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond., B, Biol. Sci. (Review) 367 (1607): 3364–78.

3. Zuardi AW, Crippa JA, Hallak JE, Moreira FA, Guimarães FS (April 2006). Cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent, as an antipsychotic drug. Braz. J. Med. Biol. Res. (Review) 39 (4): 421–9.

4. Long, L. E.; Malone, D. T.; Taylor, D. A. (2005). Cannabidiol Reverses MK-801-Induced Disruption of Prepulse Inhibition in Mice. Neuropsychopharmacology 31 (4): 795–803.

5. Trimbos.nl - Rol CBD in hasj en wiet onderzocht (Dutch).

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Sun, 09 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100http://azarius.es/news/633/CBD__just_as_vital_as_THC_in_cannabis/
<![CDATA[Dabbing taking you higher and higher]]> http://azarius.es/news/631/Dabbing_taking_you_higher_and_higher/ Is that ordinary joint or the sweet vape from your brand new vaporizer just not enough for you? You love good old Mary Jane, but are curious to see if there's something a bit stronger?

How about cannabis concentrates? In our newest encyclopaedia article you can learn the ins and outs of cannabis extractions. Instead of using the ordinary flowers, a concentrate of plant material is created that contains only the active ingredients: the cannabinoids and terps that actually get you high (or stoned).

The vaporisation of cannabis concentrates is called ‘dabbing’. Just one ‘dab’ will get you as high as the very first time you ever used cannabis. Every time.

Recently Azarius added a category for dab tools and equipment. Did you know a special bong designed for dabbing is called an ‘oilrig’? And did you know you can turn any bong into an oilrig by adding a 'nail'? By reading The Dab files you can inform yourself on the wonderful art of dabbing.

In the United States dabbing and the use of concentrates have really taken off in recent years. In the states that legalised medical cannabis, wax is sold in dispensaries. In European countries dabbing is a bit more contested as the legal status of concentrates (that contain high levels of THC) is unclear.

Though the strength of cannabis concentrates can be seen as a risk (it's possible to take in too much!) others, especially medical users, see it as a benefit, as for them it’s easier to get the right dose of cannabinoids.

Special thanks to EsjeHerb!

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Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100http://azarius.es/news/631/Dabbing_taking_you_higher_and_higher/
<![CDATA[Harvard Salvia divinorum survey]]> http://azarius.es/news/632/Harvard_Salvia_divinorum_survey/ Scientific research into Salvia divinorum is rare, but now the famous Harvard University catches up! At the moment they are investigating the subjective effects of this miraculous plant. Have you ever used Salvia divinorum? Contribute to science by filling in the questionnaire.

The survey is completely anonymous. You will be asked questions about your use, experiences and some personality characteristics. Depending on how much information you provide it will take between 30 minutes and 1 hour to fill in the questionnaire.

You can find the survey here.

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Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100http://azarius.es/news/632/Harvard_Salvia_divinorum_survey/
<![CDATA[Huachuma documentary on the san pedro cactus]]> http://azarius.es/news/629/Huachuma_documentary_on_the_san_pedro_cactus/ Delve deep into the Peruvian jungle and learn more about ancient traditions surrounding the ceremonial use of the san pedro cactus. Documentary makers Mitch Schultz (known from ‘DMT: The Spirit Molecule’) and Aubrey Marcus take you on their journey with master shaman Huachumero.

‘Huachuma’ is the indigenous name for what we know as san pedro. In Peru the mescaline-containing cactus is used for over 3000 years for healing, magical and divining purposes.

When registering by email you can stream the documentary for free. For $1.95 you can also download it.

Teaser:

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100http://azarius.es/news/629/Huachuma_documentary_on_the_san_pedro_cactus/
<![CDATA[Plant a vine today]]> http://azarius.es/news/627/Plant_a_vine_today/ Travelled all the way to the Amazon in search for the magic potion ayahuasca? Then you don’t want to be misled by a fake shaman! Likewise, increased global demand of the sacred vine shouldn’t lead to over-harvesting and deforestation.

With these ideas in mind this year the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council (ESC) was established. Supported by sister organisations ICEERS, MAPS and PRISM, ESC’s main aim is ‘to ensure the sustainable and safe use of ethnobotanical plants and to enrich the communities who work with them.’

Their first large project is called the ‘Ayahuasca Dialogues’, as the situation around this ethnobotanical plant is most pressing. The dialogues are a large scale project in which all possible stakeholders (e.g. indigenous practitioners, healers, policy-makers, scientists, centre owners and tourists) are approached and asked to collaborate on the formulation of basic guidelines for safe and sustainable ayahuasca use.

Want to support the ESC? They recently launched a crowdfunding campaign. With a donation of $ 20 an ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis Caapi) will be planted in a fair-trade and sustainable ayahuasca farm. There are also many other donation possibilities.

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Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/627/Plant_a_vine_today/